Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eyewitness in nun rape case refuses to help Orissa police

Bhubaneswar (PTI): The lone eyewitness, a Christian priest, in the alleged rape of a nun in Orissa's Kandhamal district has refused to cooperate in the investigation, saying he did not have faith in it.

The priest, Father Chellan, who was accompanying the 29-year-old nun when she was allegedly raped at K Nuagaon during the Orissa bandh on August 25, told police officials who met him at Chelanthera in Kerala that he he did not have faith in them, DSP CB Jayshree Kundu told reporters here on Tuesday.

"He has refused to cooperate with the Orissa police," Kundu said on returning from Kerala along with the three arrested there in connection with the case on October 11.

The priest has also lodged a separate complaint on the assault by a mob.

Earlier, the state government had sought the nun's cooperation in the investigations.

Altogether eight persons have been arrested in connection with the rape which the Orissa government has described as 'barbaric and shameful'.

The state government has also suspended a police inspector for neglecting the complaint of the nun.

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